Michael Cavanaugh Flew in a Secret Air Force


In a seaside resort town on the coast of the gulf of Thailand an old warrior lives out his days, separated from the battles of his past by the insurmountable barrier of time but physically near their setting. Retired... Read more

For North Korea’s Denuclearization, Look to South Africa

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Much of the debate about diplomacy with North Korea has revolved around whether it... Read more

The Dark Logic Behind Armies That Rape


In the era of #MeToo many are looking to science to better understand sexual... Read more

To Understand Venezuela’s Crisis, Look to the Past … and the CIA


On Sept. 11, 1973, a military junta headed by Gen. Augusto Pinochet completed a... Read more

Donald Trump’s Space Force Is a Scam


On June 18, 2018, Pres. Donald Trump announced he was directing the Pentagon to... Read more
China Wants More Nuclear-Armed Submarines
Tong Zhao is a fellow in Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program based at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy. He...
The Soviet MiG-25 Spooked the U.S. Military

The Soviet MiG-25 Spooked the U.S. Military

The MiG-25 Foxbat was one of the most awesome, yet most misunderstood, fighters of the Cold War. Envisioned as...

The Gun That Killed James Garfield

The Gun That Killed James Garfield

Charles Guiteau used a British Bulldog pistol to kill the 20th president of the United States James Garfield on...

Turkey’s Drones Target Kurdish Militants

Turkey’s Drones Target Kurdish Militants

Turkey in recent years has gone from being a buyer of drones to a producer of them. It has...

In 1987, U.S. Navy F-14s Engaged Phantom Iranian Planes

In 1987, U.S. Navy F-14s Engaged Phantom Iranian Planes

When it debuted in 1974, the Grumman F-14 Tomcat was supposed to replace the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II...

When to Shoot a Nuclear Bomb With Your Gun

When to Shoot a Nuclear Bomb With Your Gun

This story originally appeared on Jan. 30, 2015. The year is 1960 and a congressional delegation is touring military...

Unsolicited Advice for an Undeclared Presidential Candidate

Unsolicited Advice for an Undeclared Presidential Candidate

Dear Sen. Elizabeth Warren: As a constituent, I have noted with interest your suggestion that you will “take a...

Turkey Threatens U.S. Allies in Syria

Turkey Threatens U.S. Allies in Syria

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has once again threatened to launch further cross-border military operations targeting the United States’...

Is the U.S. Navy Too Small to Protect Convoys?

Is the U.S. Navy Too Small to Protect Convoys?

The U.S. military’s top sealift officials are worried that, in a war with Russia or China, the U.S. Navy...

U.S. Marine Corps Rocket Batteries Could Become Ship-Killers

U.S. Marine Corps Rocket Batteries Could Become Ship-Killers

The U.S. Marine Corps recently proved that an F-35 stealth fighter can pass targeting data to a ground-based rocket...

Video Games Have Always Trivialized Violence and ‘Fallout 76’ Is No Different

Video Games Have Always Trivialized Violence and ‘Fallout 76’ Is No Different

The world established in the video game series Fallout isn’t one any of us would want to live in....

Hurricane Michael Damaged a Bunch of F-22s

Hurricane Michael Damaged a Bunch of F-22s

Hurricane Michael damaged potentially more than a dozen U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor stealth fighters at their base on...

An Illegitimate Supreme Court Accelerates the Decline That Began With Gitmo

An Illegitimate Supreme Court Accelerates the Decline That Began With Gitmo

Amid the emotional hubbub over the predictable confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, there has been...

In 1905, a Former U.S. Army Officer Added Moving Maps to Cars

In 1905, a Former U.S. Army Officer Added Moving Maps to Cars

Before satellite navigation, people found their way using paper maps. Which, of course, can be cumbersome — and ill-suited...

The Gun That Killed Abraham Lincoln

The Gun That Killed Abraham Lincoln

On April 14, 1865 U.S. president Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by a single shot to the back of the...

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